23&Me: A Great Tool to Optimize your Health!
How your DNA becomes a report?
Human DNA is about 99.5% identical from person to person. However, there are small differences that make each person unique. These differences are called variants or “mutations” or SNiP (single nucleotide polymorphism).
Your DNA is passed down from your parents, and their parents and so on. Variants can be linked to certain health conditions, traits and ancestry groups.
The “23&me” kit is a saliva collection kit. Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. The kit includes clear instructions for providing a sample. It can be ordered online and is also available at Target, Best Buy, CVS and Walgreens.
23&me’s certified lab begins by extracting DNA from cells in your saliva sample. Then the lab processes the DNA on a genotyping chip that reads hundreds of thousands of variants in your genome. And YES, the latest chip still has MTHFR genes included. Your genetic data is then analyzed, and a personalized report is generated based on well-established scientific and medical research.
At Akasha we use the raw data provided by 23&Me to offer personalized recommendations to help you become healthy and stay healthy. During a 30 minutes to 1 hour appointment, we review the results. We also help you understand what affects your genes and also how to use your genetic test report to more importantly create a plan of action for you to optimize your health.
What affect your genes?
When it comes to your health and traits, DNA is only part of the story. Other variables come into play, including non-genetic factors such as your environment and lifestyle.
This includes: your nutrition choices (the food you consume), your daily exposure to toxins and chemicals in your home or in your environment. These can turn on or off your genes. This is what we call Epigenetics. “Epi” in Greek means “above”. This is what control the genes expression and may make you more prone to disease. There are new research articles published every day linking epigenetics to various diseases including autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer (to name a few).
Who can benefit for Genetic testing?
- People interested in knowing more about their genes and how their body functions so they can make right choices to optimize their health.
- It is also beneficial for athletes who want to increase performance.People struggling with chronic conditions who are not seeing the results they expected from their current therapies.
- Women struggling with: fertility issues and to plan a healthy pregnancy.
- Various condition: SIBO, digestive issues, hypertension, anxiety and depression, imbalanced hormones, thyroid issues, chronic fatigue and cardiovascular diseases to name a few.
So I have done my 23&me where should I start?
Always with the fundamentals, any sport coach will tell you if you want to improve, start with the fundamentals. What are the fundamentals of health? They are nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress management.
At Akasha we can guide you and help you at any step of the process. We will support you and make this test valuable to you.
Are you going to recommend supplements?
Your doctor is focused on understanding the diseases processes and in some cases will recommend supplements that the doctor feels are absolutely necessary. At Akasha we do not provide a supplements list based on your genetic results but we want you to make the right choices for your health. If we feel that you will benefit from a supplement then we will recommend it.
Are we recommending any other tests to complement 23&me DNA test?
Yes, we may also recommend an “Organic Acid Test”, especially if you are struggling with mood, focus and also digestive issues.
If you are interested in anti-aging and health optimization, we may recommend “Telomeres testing”.
If you are not entirely sure if a genetic test is good for you, you can book a free 10 minutes consultation with our Genetic testing specialist, Dr. Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND. Call us now! 310-451-8880 or email us: email@example.com, www.akashacenter.com
Dr. Jean-Marc Sobczyk is also referenced on Dr. Ben Lynch’s website and has helped already hundreds of patients on their path to health and wellness.